Hot off the press, here are a few videos I shot during Big Country‘s brilliant gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow last night.
With original members Bruce Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki now joined by The Alarm‘s Mike Peters on vocals – taking over from his friend, the late Stuart Adamson – (plus Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar), this is not quite the same as the original Big Country and never will be, given the large shoes Adamson left to fill.
However, this line-up is undoubtedly as close as you could possibly hope to get to recapturing the spirit of the band in the glory of its 80s hey-day.
Mike Peters, still gigging with his own band (also a favourite of the Choob‘s) in addition to his new Big Country duties, is respectful and worthy of Adamson’s legacy and has the voice, personality and stage presence that has already won over the legion of Big Country fans, who have taken him to their hearts.
This week, we had a rare chance to see a band of Big Country‘s stature in a small, cosy, intimate venue when they played in front of around 250 fans at the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow as a warm-up for their T In The Park appearance this weekend. Enjoy!
Fields Of Fire
In A Big Country
Never a very trendy band, Welsh rockers The Alarm were, for me, nevertheless one of the better bands of the 1980s.
I spotlighted a live version of their best-known song, 68 Guns, earlier this year. Less well-remembered but one of their best is the anthemic Spirit of ’76.
From the 1985 album Strength, it’s a song about lost love and faded friendships, shattered hopes and dreams dashed by the unemployment and deprivation that was rife in Thatcher’s Britain.
A true classic that deserves to be better remembered.
This week’s live music comes courtesy of Welsh rockers The Alarm.
I can’t claim the band is one of my all-time favourites but I was a big fan back in the mid 80s, especially of their first two albums, Declaration and Strength.
I saw them live at Glasgow’s Barrowland in 1985 on their tour to promote Strength and, to this day, it remains my all-time favourite gig.
They were a fantastic live band (singer Mike Peters still tours with a version of the group, though none of the other original members are part of it) and here is their signature song, the full version of 68 Guns, filmed at a concert in Germany in 1985 (which contains possibly the worst audience participation ever caught on film):
EDIT: Click here for the music video for The Alarm‘s second-greatest song, Spirit of ’76.